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RCS Special Education department hosting parent education nights

September 6, 2017

The Rutherford County Schools Special Education department is hosting several parent education nights this school year. The full list is below. 

September 6, 2017 - Behavior at Home and School 101 - Smyrna Primary

This session will give parents helpful information on how to deal with problematic behaviors at home in a way that is consistent with how we are dealing with them at school. Parents will be given practical strategies to implement at home and will come away with a better understanding of why behavior issues may arise. 3:30-5 p.m.

 

September 26, 2017 - Special Education Law and Parent Rights – RCS Board Room

Parents are an important part of the IEP team process.  This presentation will give parents an understanding of their rights and their child’s rights under IDEA, and will equip them to be a more active member of the IEP team.  Bring your questions and be prepared to leave informed and energized. 6-7:30 p.m.

 

October 23, 2017 - Special Education Preschool:  When and How to Refer Children Aged 2 and ½ to 4 and ½ - Stewartsboro

This session is planned to inform parents of the RCS Special Education Preschool referral and eligibility processes and also will highlight additional programs for preschool aged children. 4:30-6 p.m.

 

October 24, 2017 - Suicide Prevention and Internet Safety - Roy Waldron

Amy Burgess of Mental Health America will be facilitating the QPR (Question. Persuade. Refer) training.  The mission of QPR is: "To save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training." Ms. Burgess does recommend that younger children not attend the training. There will be childcare available at both Suicide prevention/awareness nights! 5:30-7 p.m.

 

November 14, 2017 - High School Transition and Conservatorship –- Blackman High School Media Center

This meeting will allow parents to gather information from a variety of community agencies that provide post-secondary opportunities for students with disabilities.  The meeting will follow a panel format that will allow parents and families to get basic information from the agency and also time for questions.  There will also be a panel member who can present information about conservatorship, a legal proceeding in which a court removes decision-making powers from a person with a disability over the age of 18.  This allows a person to make decisions for and act in the best interest of the person with a disability.  The panel discussion will take place from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

 

January 30, 2018 – Special Education Preschool:  When and How to Refer Children Aged 2½ to 4½ - Barfield

This session is planned to inform parents of the RCS Special Education Preschool referral and eligibility processes and also will highlight additional programs for preschool aged children. 4:30-6 p.m.

 

February 15, 2018 – Special Education Law and Parent Rights - North Rutherford Teacher Center

Parents are an important part of the IEP team process.  This presentation will give parents an understanding of their rights and their child’s rights under IDEA, and will equip them to be a more active member of the IEP team.  Bring your questions and be prepared to leave informed and energized. 6-7:30 p.m.

 

March 1, 2018 – Suicide Prevention and Internet Safety - Blackman Middle

Amy Burgess of Mental Health America will be facilitating the QPR (Question. Persuade. Refer) training.  The mission of QPR is: "To save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training." Ms. Burgess does recommend that younger children not attend the training. There will be childcare available at both Suicide prevention/awareness nights! 5:30-7 p.m.

 

April 10, 2018 - Conservatorship – Siegel High

The special presenter on conservatorship and power of attorney is Attorney Erica Reed.  Conservatorship is a legal proceeding in which a court removes decision-making powers from a person with a disability over the age of 18.  This allows a person to make decisions for and act in the best interest of the person with a disability.  If you would like more information on obtaining conservatorship or a power of attorney, please attend the session from 6-7:30 p.m. 

 

May 10, 2018  - Behavior at Home and School 101 - Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School

This session will give parents helpful information on how to deal with problematic behaviors at home in a way that is consistent with how we are dealing with them at school. Parents will be given practical strategies to implement at home and will come away with a better understanding of why behavior issues may arise. 5-6:30 p.m.